Steve Dittmer, a history teacher at Battlefield High School in Haymarket, Va., will be in the Cape Region to sign his book, "The Brewster Boys and the Eve of Infamy," at 6 p.m., Monday, July 15, at Bethany Beach Books in Bethany and at 10 a.m., Tuesday, July 16, at Browseabout Books in Rehoboth Beach.
The first in a series, "The Brewster Boys and the Eve of Infamy," tells the story of Peter, Jonathan and Abigail, average teenagers who are trying to endure a boring summer in everyday America.
They quickly discover this summer will be like no other. Stumbling upon a criminal’s malfunctioning time device, the friends find themselves thrust back to the Hawaiian island of Oahu on the eve of the attack on Pearl Harbor. There, they uncover a plot to prevent the attack from ever taking place. However, there is nothing noble about this plan.
The owner of the device is a Nazi sympathizer named Klara Beich. She is the granddaughter of an infamous German scientist, Dietrich von Wexler, who has created many abnormal inventions. By stopping the attack and halting America’s entrance into the war, Klara would prevent her grandfather from being tried at the Nuremberg trials and also ensure a victory for Nazi Germany.
Conflicted between saving the lives of thousands of Hawaiians and preventing a major change in world history, the Brewster boys and Abby, along with their new local friend, Chuck, face many unforeseen obstacles: Nazi inventions, Japanese bombers, mobster henchmen and the use of 1940s slang.